Macclesfield travelled south this weekend to face London based Esher in their third league game of the season. The game unfortunately ended in another Macclesfield loss as they continue their search for their first win of the new campaign.
The home side took an early lead through a kicked penalty in the second minute for a Blues infringement at the breakdown.
Esher then added a try to their score on ten minutes through a quickly taken penalty which caught the Macc defence napping. The Blues found themselves 10 points to nil down.
Macclesfield then settled into the match and responded ten minutes later through winger Matt King, a brilliantly worked move from the backs ended in King dancing his way through and getting Macclesfield off the mark.
Esher restored their grip on the game after the Macc score and were camped on the Blues line for a prolonged period and were awarded a scrum. However a tremendous effort from the Macclesfield pack forced the turnover.
Esher added another converted try on the half hour mark, good work their winger too out pace the recovering Macclesfield back line.
Both teams were looking settled at this stage and Macclesfield were playing very clever rugby, former captain Tom Eaton had his kicking boots on and had the hosts bogged down in their own half for periods of the first half.
The Blues were then reduced to 14 men after try scorer Matt King was the unlucky man to be shown a yellow card after a number of infringements wore the referee’s patience thin.
Esher were making the most of the extra man and were keeping possession within the Macclesfield half. The Esher pack was dominating and forcing errors from the Macclesfield forwards. The pressure was beginning to tell and as the scrum was going backwards, the referee marched under the posts and awarded the penalty try.
Towards the end of the first half Macclesfield put real pressure on the Esher defence despite being a man and 19 points down, Esher defended well and The Blues looked very much in the game at half time, even though they went in 25-5 down.
Just seven minutes into the second half Esher secured their try scoring bonus point, turning over a Macclesfield scrum meant their number 8 cantered in for the score.
Esher’s full back then made it two in quick succession, they’re full back showing blistering pace to speed away after being put into the gap by a fellow back three member. Leaving the score 36-5 after 50 minutes.
Esher added another score on 62 minutes, their full back completing his break, out pacing the back line once again.
Macclesfield replied 6 minutes later through some good play from the forwards which saw Captain Mike Finnemore score the try and leave Macc one away from a bonus point.
As The Blues applied the pressure they were caught on the break by Esher and their man ran it in unopposed.
With the final play of the game Esher added insult to injury by adding another score and painting an unfair picture of a game that Macclesfield deserved more from. The game finished 53-15 and The Blues go into this weekend against Hartpury College still in search of their first win.
15 G Newton
14 M King
13 E Brierley
12 O Fewtrell
11 J Fowles
10 T Eaton
9 J Brookes
1 R Higginson
2 R Jackson
3 E Millar-Mills
4 J Kenny
5 D Marwick
6 M Finnermore
7 M Smith
8 F Barker
16 S Moss
17 J Hearn
18 J Degroot
19 P Williams
20 M O’Regan